It may still be August, but for most high schools around the country, homecoming happens between mid-August and December. If your alumni association hasn’t started thinking about how you’ll celebrate yet, now’s the time to do so!
We’re expecting some big celebrations this year after many Homecomings had to be canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a year off from what’s usually the busiest time of year for alumni organizations (in terms of events), you might feel a little rusty with your planning.
Never fear! We’ve got some tips to help you include your alumni in your Homecoming Week traditions and get everyone feeling the school spirit.
Here are a few examples.
- Alumni seating at the football game: For alumni who will be returning to town to watch the Homecoming game, consider setting up a special alumni seating section. This will be a great opportunity for returning alumni to all be in the same area and to catch up. It also provides opportunities for ways to get them involved in cheers or in songs with the pep band or marching band.
- Alumni tent: Throughout the week, set up an alumni tent during Homecoming-related events with photo areas and networking opportunities. You might also include special alumni swag in these areas, as well as photos and memories of past years.
- Alumni specific events: While it’s great to get alumni involved in the Homecoming events you’ve already got running, consider running events that are just for alumni that week. Think alumni tailgates, or an alumni mixer on the same evening the students have their Homecoming dance (or after the football game is over).
- Invitations: When you send out invitations via mail or email, make sure you provide alumni with a full list of events that are available to attend! Include all the information you have available, including dates, times, locations, cost (if any) and what they can expect at the event.
Reach out to our team at Alumnipad for more tips and recommendations for how you can get the most out of your Homecoming with your alumni!